Third Album - Metronome 1971
The album contains three of their greatest singles - two of them were not on the original album. "Never Marry a Railroad Man" is simply great - in the same league as their big internatioinal hit "Venus". "Shocking You" is both heavy and catchy - and a great opener. On "Blossom Lady" the groups expands their sound with horns, which actually works fine.
The album has a string of varied and melodic tracks, spanning from folk through the blues till heavy Kinks/Easybeats sound - lead by guitarist and songwriter Robbie van Leeuwen. "Velvet Heaven" is quiet waltzy ballad, like the vast majority of their songs beautifully sung by Mariska Veres. Veres' vocals often sound a lot like Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane.On "Serenade" both melody and sound make me think of the Danish group Savage Rose - beautiful melodic organ line. "I'll Follow the Sun" has great driving guitarline, and it's overall a beautiful, optimistic, upbeat song.
There are also a handful of great melodic rockers, among which "Bird of Paradise" and "I Saw Your Face" stand out.
Among the bonus-tracks B-sides you'll find the great dramatic ballad "Waterloo" , which I truly believe could have been another hit-record. "Roll Engine Roll is a fine bluesy thing which backed the single "Never Marry a Railroad Man".
All songs mentioned would be indispensable songs on an ultimate 2CDs collection.
A highly recommended release.